Bassano 1796 Campaign Order of Battle

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In the Battle of Bassano on 8 September 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte and his French Army of Italy routed an Austrian army led by Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser. Afterward, Wurmser gathered the intact parts of his army and marched for Mantua. On 15 September, the French defeated the Austrians and drove them into the fortress. This raised the numbers of the underfed and malaria-ridden garrison to nearly 30,000 men. These actions and the Battle of Rovereto occurred during the second attempted relief of the Siege of Mantua.

French Army[edit]

Austrian Army[edit]

Feldmarschall Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser (43,000 available)

  • Main Army: Wurmser[2] (19,348)
  • Corps: Feldmarschallleutnant Paul Davidovich (13,695, not including Loudon and Graffen)
    • Brigade: General-major Prince Heinrich XV of Reuss-Plauen (5,229)
      • 5,011 in 7 battalions, 218 in 2 squadrons (at Trento)
    • Brigades: General-major Johann Rudolf Sporck and General-major Josef Philipp Vukassovich (8,466)
      • 7,840 in 12-1/2 battalions, 626 in 4 squadrons (at Roveredo)
    • Brigade: General-major Johann Loudon (2,409)
      • 1,841 in 2 battalions, 568 in 4 squadrons (in Valtellina)
    • Brigade: General-major Johann Graffen (3,451)
  • Mantua Garrison: Feldmarschallleutnant Joseph Canto de Irles (17,259, fit for duty: 10,271)[3][4]
    • Brigade: General-major Ferdinand Minckwitz
      • 6 battalions
    • Brigade: General-major Leberecht Spiegel
      • 4 battalions
    • Brigade: Oberst (Colonel) Sola
      • 3 battalions
    • Brigade: Oberst Joseph Sturioni
      • 4 battalions, 4 squadrons
    • Brigade: Oberst Philipp Brentano
      • 6 battalions

References[edit]

  • Boycott-Brown, Martin. The Road to Rivoli. London: Cassell & Co., 2001. ISBN 0-304-35305-1

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Boycott-Brown, p 419. The author lists no French brigades.
  2. ^ Boycott-Brown, p 418. For the Austrian OOB.
  3. ^ Boycott-Brown, p 419. Figures are for 31 August.
  4. ^ Boycott-Brown, p 406-407. For the Mantua garrison OOB.

External references[edit]

Austrian general names by Digby Smith, compiled by Leopold Kudrna

See also[edit]